Manchester United offered James Rodriguez on the cheap
The Colombian, who was once valued around £100million, can leave the club for less than half that amount this summer. With his contract up next summer, Real could risk losing him on a free if they cant identify a buyer in the upcoming window.
Although Rodriguez’s stock has fallen in recent years. He remains a potent player who can flourish in the right system. Whether that is United remains the question.
The club can pass on Rodriguez if Paul Pogba agrees to stay at the club. If that is the case, we will be better off pursuing someone like Donny van de Beek.
It was earlier reported that Real have no money to pay for Van de Beek. This effectively put us in the front seat for his signature. Purchasing Rodriguez could very well end up with us strengthening a direct rival in the pursuit of the Dutchman.
With money at a premium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to choose how best to utilize his funds. The Colombian does not strike as a key target who should gain precedence.
Another factor is his mammoth £250,000-per-week salary. United are still paying dearly for their misjudgment regarding Alexis Sanchez. It would be foolhardy to repeat the same mistake again.
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Similar to Sanchez, Rodriguez is a player who has been linked to United for a few years. However, the dynamics have now changed and the club will do well to move with the times.